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While it was a beautiful fall day in Broomfield, I spent most of it inside.
Alright, I did take the dog to the dogpark.
But the rest of it, I spent working on Ken's Scarf.
Alright, that's not technically true.
I spent about four hours on Ken's Scarf today, but I did finish it!
Now, before everyone gets all worried about how short Ken's Scarf looks, let me explain that once a Doctor Who Scarf is knitted, it must be blocked.
So, right now, it's wet from being washed and is hanging to dry on my scarf rack.
Tomorrow it'll be a good two to three feet longer than it is now.
And it'll be exactly the right length to wrap once around the neck, and dangle to the floor on both ends.
So, the final knitting stats are:
Total knitting time: 37 hours
Today was another house-bound day.
The weather in Broomfield was pretty icky. Rainy and threatening to snow.
So, I stayed in, read a book on my iPhone and knitted, mostly.
There's a really good probability that I will finish Ken's Scarf tomorrow.
Especially if the weather continues like this.
One of my cats, Spike, has been taking an interest in Ken's Scarf lately.
So I got her to pose with today's progress.
Tonight's stats are:
Total knitting time: 33 hours
Time spent knitting today: 6 hours
Total length: 83"
Length knitted today: 13.5"
38 out of 44 stripes
Finished 8 out of 15 skeins of yarn.
Today was a strange day. I got knitting done, but just seemed like I was spinning my wheels most of the day.
Maybe it was just the over the halfway done blues.
I mostly knitted around the house today, read my iPhone eBook, watched some TV (Mythbusters).
Did sneak out to a knitting meeting, but came home early.
Just a boring day, I guess.
Tonight's stats are:
Total knitting time: 27 hours
Time spent knitting today: 5 hours
Total length: 61"
Length knitted today: 11.5"
31 out of 44 stripes
Finished 4 out of 15 skeins of yarn
Today the DH and I got back into our usual routine.
We went to a local coffee shop so he could write (with some noise and bustle in the background) and I could read and knit.
I got about two and a half hours of knitting done there today, while I read 'Small Favor' by Jim Butcher on my iPhone (the little blue rectangle in front of my hands- being held up by a Naja stand).
I've read this book before, but I'm re-reading it so I can read his new book 'Turn Coat'.
The DH worked on cards for a talk he's giving in Baltimore.
Then we went home and had dinner.
The evening's real entertainment was to go see Toy Story 1&2 in 3D!
Of course I took my knitting and knitted all through Toy Story 1.
But I ran out of yarn and didn't have another skein of red with me.
Today the DH and I drove back to Colorado from Taos.
We had a great time at the Taos Wool Fest.
Caught up with some old friends, ate some great food.
And of course, I knitted.
I got about five hours of knitting done in the car (when I wasn't sleeping-- it was a busy weekend).
Stats for tonight are:
Total time: 18 hours
Time knitting today: five hours
Total length: 39.5"
Length knitted today: 10"
22 out of 44 stripes
Finished 2 out of 15 skeins of yarn
Today was day two of the Taos Wool Fest. I did actually manage to sit down and knit.
I had a great time, saw lots of lovely animals, bought even more fiber for me to spin.
And knitted about six inches on Ken's Scarf.
But that evening was when the real fun started.
I took Ken's Scarf to a bar!
And not just any bar! I took Ken's Scarf to the Alley Cantina!
I knitted while the lovely Elisabeth Jose sang and the 'Omar-licious' Omar Rane played jazz standards.
I got about five inches knitted in the bar
Now, I should tell you that the Alley Cantina has quite a past.
It's the oldest structure in the town of Taos (the Taos Pueblo is outside the city limits).
At least two walls are around 400 years old.
I am ashamed to say that I didn't get all that much done on Ken's Scarf today.
I was having way too much fun at the Taos Wool Fest.
I did manage to get about 5.5 inches knitted when I was actually sitting down. Most of the rest of the day was spent looking at yarn, fiber for spinning into yarn (I bought a few ounces of a merino wool/ silk blend in a beautiful TARDIS blue), fiber processing tools, sheepskin hats, coats, slippers, dyes, spinning wheels, looms, patterns, finished wool garments, rugs, blankets, oh, and sheep.
I had some fabulous lamb ribs for lunch and ate three (3) fantastic homemade hard cider cupcakes brought by a fellow Ravelry knitter.
Tomorrow will be more productive.
7 hours into the Scarf.
Total length; 17.5"
Well, here I am in wonderful Taos.
It's been a very busy day for me and the DH.
I didn't sleep very well, so I got up early and logged Ken's Scarf into Ravelry.com as my current project. I got everything out, went to YouTube and loaded 'Robot' and cast on 65 stitches for Ken's Scarf.
I knitted for a while in Santa Fe and then we hit the road for Albuquerque.
By the time we got to Albuquerque, I'd knitted about 3.5 inches, so I went ahead and put the fringe on.
Scarves really don't look right until they've got some fringe on.
A few of y'all have heard that Ken Deep's lovely wife hired me to knit him a Doctor Who Scarf for Christmas.
He's been all excited about going to Chicago TARDIS and he got special dispensation to get his Christmas present early so he could show it off there.
So, Ken's Scarf will be the Thirteenth Doctor Who Scarf i've knitted this year (don't blame me, he said he wanted #13).
It's Thursday night. I'm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on my way to the Taos Wool Festival.
Well, the Dear Husband, the TARDIS and I made the trip successfully from Denver to Atlanta and set the TARDIS up next to the Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the Sheraton.
I was all prepared to stay and ride herd on her until Billy showed up and insisted that I go along to the Eric Roberts panel with him.
The lovely DH agreed to watch over the TARDIS, so I went.
When we got there, I shared with Billy how I'd tried twice earlier that day to get Eric Roberts autograph and had not been successful due to Eric's un-explained absence.
Billy then shared with me his curse-- he'd tried to see Eric Roberts three times before and each time, Eric had cancelled at the last minute.
He was pretty sure Eric Roberts was once again not coming.
We were entertained by the lovely Lars Pierson of Mad Norwegian Press fame while we waited.
After the Doctor Who panel ended, I hauled butt over to the Sails Pavillion, where my Darlng Husband had run through multiple lines to get me a ticket for the autograph session and saved me a place in line.
There were wild rumors that David Tennant would take part in this session and Murray Gold had hinted on Twitter that he might also take part in it.
But no. Euros Lyn, Julie Gardner and Russell T. came in after about an hour's wait.
Thanks to the DH, I was right up in front of the line and had a moment or two to trade comments with RTD.
Of course, I have my own agenda, and asked him, as he'd just claimed that Four was *his* Doctor, why the BBC no longer distributes Doctor Who Scarf patterns.
He'd had no idea and offered to look into it. I gave him my card.
I'm so sorry I didn't post this earlier.
I was sooo exhausted and I'm still knackered today.
Sunday was amazing.
I had trouble sleeping and got up at 4:30. I was down at the Convention Center by 5AM.
Out in front of the Con was the 'God Line'; everyone with a pass that wanted in, needed to be in this line.
When I got there, there were about five hundred people in line in front of me. Some were there to get onto the Expo floor, some were there for gaming, some were there for the Supernatural panel, some for other panels and then there were all of us in line for the Doctor Who panel.
When my Husband had come in at midnight, he had gone by to see if a line had started. He saw about seventeen people in line. I spoke to one of these people hours later and she said there had been about five people who started the line at 8PM. So, some people had been in line over 24 hours to see the Doctor Who panel
Today was the day it all turned around.
I don't know if it was all the fabulous Doctor Who fans I got to hang out with, but man, my Saturday rocked.
I saw John Barrowman abduct and photograph a Spartan Warrior.
I got filmed for Doctor Who Confidential.
I saw Naoko Mori in a top that defied conventional engineering.
I got to wave at Russel T. Davies and Colin Baker.
And then I took the evening off to see the Mythbusters.
Which was a huge mistake because David Tennant, John Barrowman and Russell T. Davies all attended the Doctor Who/Torchwood screening.
And they snogged on stage.
Not all at once!
David and John had a snog and then John ran over and gave Russel a chase little smooch so he would't feel left out.
I only know this because the video was posted on YouTube. :(
So much for my network of spies.
Today I spent a good bit of the day just roaming, looking over as much of the Con as I could get access to.
I wore my new fedora hat and one of my Season Fourteen scarves.
Ballroom 20, where the Doctor Who and Torchwood panels will be held on Sunday, has changed the entrance to the bay side of the convention hall.
I'm going to the Hayao Miyazaki panel tomorrow morning, so I'll use that as a dress rehersal for Sunday.
I walked the Exhibit floor for several hours, meeting up with several friends from Gallifrey One.
The folks at BBC America were kind enough to tell me that David Tennant was due to fly into Los Angeles, where he was to attend several meetings and then come on down to San Diego Comic Con.
San Diego Comic Con is not a convention. It's a trade show. It's also a social experiment in frustration.
There's too many people crammed into a huge space.
Someday, something awful is going to happen. Sure hope I'm not here to see it.
Anyhoo, arrived in beyootiful San Diego, dropped stuff off at our amazing hotel (it's in an old bank building) and then headed down to the Con.
We stood in the 'Professional' line (my DH owns comic book shops) out in the hot sun for over an hour.
Then we got to sit down in an even bigger line to get onto the Exhibit Floor for Preview Night.
It was a zoo.
But the big boys all had their booths rockin'. DC. Marvel. Lucasfilm. Disney. Huge.
Packing, packing, and re-packing.
Most of San Diego Comic Con is standing in lines or crushing through a crowd to get somewhere, so I'm restricting myself to one bag on the con floor, another one for back at the hotel with clothes and back up stuff.
I keep going back and forth over whether or not I should wear one of my scarves. . . I'll pack one full sized one and a bunch of the sample scarves.
Got my digital recorder, the iPhone, of course, the good digital camera, the new MacBook, sound canceling headphones and regular ear buds.
The scarf I'm currently knitting on.
Business cards, photographs, my PodShock t-shirt, plenty of sharpies and my autograph book.
Got my tickets, my boarding pass, my hotel reservation number.
I figured I'd better give this here blog a whirl before things got nuts a little later this week.
I'm TARDIS-Tara, and I'm a special correspondant for PodShock.
I'm attending San Diego Comic Con and I'll be sending back pictures and soundbites and goodies all week.
So hold tight, watch this space.
IT IS COMING. IT IS COMING. IT IS COMING.